The 2019 Viticulture Field Day is set for June 13 at the Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center in Benton Harbor. Workshops begin at 9 a.m.
This year’s Viticulture Field Day is filled with talks from researchers such as Richard Smart, Wayne Wilcox and Michigan State University’s Paolo Sabbatini. Some of the new faces at MSU include Timothy and Laura Miles and Thomas Todaro, as well as other MSU researchers who are working to provide growers with the most current viticulture research.
Some of the workshop topics will include grapevine trunk diseases, biopesticides and methods of vineyard recovery after severe cold damage in winegrapes, among others.
There also will be a trade show that will showcase some of the newest and best precision viticulture equipment. The day will continue with the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Showcase, as well as a steak cookout for dinner.
Online registration is available at 2019viticulturefielddays.simpletix.com. Call Renee Tinkey at 269-944-1477, ext. 201, to receive a registration form by mail. Registration is $90 per person.
Special lodging rates are available at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1300 Cinema Way, Benton Harbor, Mich. Mention “Michigan Grape Society” when calling 269-926-5000 to reserve a room or visit www.hilton.com and enter “MGS” in the group code box when making your reservation to receive a reduced rate.
Keep up to date on changes by following the Michigan Grape Society on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MichiganGrapeSociety.
The event is developed by MSU’s Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center, MSU Extension and the Michigan Grape Society, with additional sponsorship provided by the Lake Michigan College Wine and Viticulture Technology Program, and Certis USA.
For information, call 269-944-1477, ext. 201. For information on the MSU research center, visit agbioresearch.msu.edu.